A question about text games

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    Question A question about text games

    Heya,

    I have a question about text games. Say, I give a player 4 options to choose from for directions to travel, then I display some tet with info about the terrain, as well as enemies.
    How would(can) I make it so, that say, the game records which town/part of the map the player is, and responds with the appropriate text, and gives choices of places to go, without having to do the same thing for each of the every towns.

    I was thinking of a loop, but dont have an idea of what type.

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    I think you mean a game like :

    --
    You are in a cave, there is a demon to your left and a sound ahead of you in the darkness.

    >>(N,S,E,W)
    --

    Do you know about functions, sorry if this is a dumb question to ask you but I wasn't clear on your question if you do know about them.


    I wrote something like this several years ago in C, I remember having code like:
    Code:
    struct roomData
    {
          int roomX, roomY;
          char *desc;
           ITEM *item;
    }
    
    ...
    
    roomData map[WIDTH][HEIGHT];
    ...
    
    void PrintRoom(roomData data, roomData[WIDTH][HEIGHT] map)
    {
        stuff to print string and allow them to move to the next room
    }
    If I didnt answer your question I apologize, I wasn't entirely sure what you were asking.

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    sorry, about not being clearer.

    say

    the user enters a small room with a sarcophagus, yet decides to leave, how could I set it up so the person can enter and leave several times without me setting up alot of code.

    EDIT:

    I was thinking, could I do this with functions? say make functions with all the data I want for each place?

    such as
    Code:
    void dungeon001(){
    
    // data
    }
    
    void townsquare001{
    
    //data
    }
    
    and have them call eachother?

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    also, I am kinda unpracticed with C++ mainly, I have learned alot, and am doing some win32, but havent practiced that much at interlocking everything.

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    I'd make a struct for a room and then have an array of those structures. Instead of keeping up with 100s of functions I'd probably read in the data from a text file or simply use one large function to initialize the entire map, then have functions that take the map as a parameter that would allow you to move around the map.

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    We have discussed text games and text game maps ALOT on cprogramming, a quick search of the boards will aid you greatly in your task.

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    Thanks RoD, will do

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    To help narrow your search abit, i think it was techwins who guided me to the use of a text game map a few months back.

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